The ancient and awesome power of the Logrus.
The arcane mysteries of the Courts of Chaos.
The infinite reach of the Serpent.
Those of Amber who have felt the chill in their guts at the summoning of this Sign will attest to its fearsome power. The icy touch of its tendrils is like a brush with death.
What is it about Logrus that reacts so strongly with Pattern? If Logrus is so powerful, why didn't it play a greater part in the PatternFall War?
Presented for your speculation. The MindThreads of the Serpent.
LOGRUS ::shapeshifting required:: 45  Imprint: Summon the Sign of the Logrus : recover from mental stress : recovery is days to months  Logrus Rack Arcane Forces : through Sign racking spells, using Logrus to power minor magic  Summon/Control Prime Tendril of the Logrus manifest tendril, distance limited to sight  Logrus Mind Touch : through Sign manifest tendril, distance unlimited  Tendril Magic manifest tendril, conduct arcane force  Logrus Defense use the summoned sign as a shield  Shadow Travel lay down a tendril ADVANCED LOGRUS  Prime metaTendrils :2 /Chaos rank metaTendrils are visible only to arcane probes  metaTendril Bind Servants :1 day/pt working the arcane threads into the lattice of a person/creature  metaTendril Bind Artifact :1 wk/pt working the arcane threads into the primaries of a Artifact  metaTendril Bind Shadow :1 wk/pt working the arcane threads into the primaries of a Shadow  metaTendril Bind Powers :1 mon/pt working the arcane threads into the nature of a Power
Imprinting the Logrus is a dangerous trial. The Logrus is not exclusive to a certain blood or family line, neither does it kill as surely as the Pattern of Amber to those that do not properly assay it. Logrus initiates always suffer from at least a small period of mania after imprint. No one escapes the Logrus untouched, though most Logrus-manias and dementias are curable, some are permanent. The Logrus seems to have a bias of less debilitation to warriors and more to warlocks. It affects the mind more than the body.
Of a hundred Chaosians, forty might feel they have the ambition and courage to face the Logrus. Thirty-six will successfully train to assay. Initiates are 70% men and 30% women by record (more Houses in the Courts are patriarchal).
History of Logrus imprinting shows the following fates for a sample of 36:
One vanishes into the Logrus, never be seen again. Two return with permanent dementia and permanent change of natural form. Four return with partial dementia and permanent change of natural form. One returns with minor dementia and permanent change of natural form. Two return with partial dementia and permanent loss of memory. Eight return with partial dementia and partial loss of memory. Two return with minor dementia and imprint flashbacks. Two return with partial dementia and permanent phobia. Eight return with partial dementia and partial phobia. Two return with partial dementia and permanent obsession. Two return with minor dementia and partial obsession. Two return with minor dementia and minor obsession.
As you may see, approximately 40% of successful initiates to the Logrus have some sort of permanent disability from the imprint. Troubles labeled as 'permanent' can not be fixed by current techniques in Chaos. You don't often see these poor people, most are in secluded House Sanitariums. Afflictions can be cured for the partial and minor effects, given time.
So a Lord of Chaos, in the traditional sense of someone who can lead a House and has Logrus ability, is selected from this resulting 20 out of a 100 Chaosians with successful imprints, and no lingering or permanent afflictions.
It also seems to be true, that taking another person into the Logrus with you is forbidden. No one ever assays the Logrus a second time, or if they do, this is not recorded. Various training programs exist for the initiate, the most successful program is the one taught by Suhuy, Keeper of the Logrus, since evidence suggests that those trained by Suhuy are twice as likely to have a smoother Logrus imprint with little need for convalescence.
Delve deeper into the mysteries of the Logrus. If you are the Blood of Chaos, you have little to fear.
Read about the Courts of Chaos, from an Amber point of view. Report to King Random.